Tough day for senior Bears
Tungamah supporters made the trek to Deniliquin and took over the BIG 4 caravan park for a few days, hoping to see the seniors notch up their 6th win of the season.
Tungamah had about a 4-5 goal breeze in the 1st quarter, however it was the Rams that came out blazing, kicking the 1st 3 goals into the breeze, until Tim Cooper kicked 2 opening quarter goals to steady.
At 1/4 time the Bears were down 4.1 to 3.3, which in the end was telling.
Deni came out strong in the 2nd quarter, using the breeze well.
Jim Irvine was good at centre half forward. Jake Jones was getting the hitouts, however Tungamah struggled to gain the clearances.
Bodhi Butts, Travis Hayes and Brady Hayes all battled hard.
At half time the Bears were down 7.6 to 5.5, needing a big 3rd quarter with the breeze.
This was to be the best quarter of footy, slotting 5 goals to nil, taking the lead at the last break 10.5 to 7.8. The last quarter was a real battle, with Tungamah defending strongly in the 1st 10 minutes, not allowing any goals to Deni, led well by Corey Bourke who played a great game, clunking many marks, supported well by Drew Haebich.
However Deni finished strongly and kicked the last 4 goals of the game, to win their 2nd game of the season by 14 points.
Deni Rams 2.1 13 def by Tungamah 17.5 107 A great start by the reserves against Deniliquin saw Tungamah post goals early.
Will Sharp opened the goal scoring, marking strongly at full forward. Matt Powell added to the goal count after being awarded a free kick from a sling tackle.
Some great passages of play resulted in Ade Connell finishing with 2 for the quarter; Powelly using quick hands to get the ball out to Shane Thompson who chipped over the top to Ade and Jack Connell using his body to gain possession on the wing to again find Ade on the run.
Justin Saunders leaving the ground after rolling his ankle was the only negative for the quarter.
After the break, the backline comprising Sam Kellock, Liam Connell, Nick Gable and Chris Johnson defended the 25-point lead Tungamah had built with a good display of kicking against a very strong wind swirling around the ground.
Alan Richardson read the ball beautifully in the pocket and unselfishly kicked to Will Sharp in the goal square to put through his second goal for the day.
Matt Powell roved well at centre half forward and swooped on the loose ball the put through Tungamah’s 6th unanswered goal for the day.
Riccho made sure everyone noticed his snap from 40 meters out celebrating his goal with gusto. Tungamah had all the play in the second quarter with continued pressure keeping the ball in the Bears forward line.
A half time lead of 55 points was a good start but the boys were very aware of the need for a percentage boost with a chance of the final 8 in their sights.
Deniliquin’s intensity lifted in the third quarter and for a passage of 5 minutes the Bears were all about defence.
Tungamah closed the game with a great last quarter with young Jacob Vella kicking the last goal for the day after the siren.
Lach Elliott was great in the ruck all day, Jack Connell dominated the wing with his physical presence and while it was a day when the onballers and forwards had most of the play, the backline led by Sam Kellock ensured any forward entries by Deniliquin were shut down.
Goals: Tungamah: Adrian Connell 6, William Sharp 3, Matthew Powell 3, Alan Richardson 2, Ryan Walker 1, Lachlan Elliott 1, Jack Connell 1.
Best: Tungamah: Adrian Connell, Alan Richardson, Matthew Powell, William Sharp, Jack Connell, Sam Kellock.
Deni Rams 7.7 49 def Tungamah 1.2 8
The Bears travelled to Deni for the first time to take on one of the top sides in Under 17s footy, a little undermanned with 3 eligible boys playing full senior games, however this also meant opportunities for a few 4ths players to back up and play 3rds footy.
The young men battled out the game very well, led by Gus Heslin, Mitch Goldman and Will Sharp in the middle, and supported well by the backline.
The backmen defended well, with Tom Elliott, Seth Haebich, Ben Griffin and Brock Bate all doing a good job. Fletcher Wallden was a handy inclusion at Deni.
It was not until after the final siren that the Bears kicked their 1st and only goal, kicked by Brandon Einsporn. Tungamah outscored their opposition in the final quarter, with plenty of tackling pressure, and being in first for the footy.
In the end they went down by 41 points, but can keep their heads high.
Awards: Wingates - Gus Heslin, Crusty Loaf Bakery - Will Sharp, Subway - Fletcher Wallden, Tungamah Shop - Mitch Goldman.
Deni Rams 9.11 65 def Tungamah 1.1 7
In yet another well fought game, the Tungamah 4ths showed just how much they have improved as a team and how well they are playing together.
They managed to keep Deni, who sit third on the ladder to only a couple of goals for the first half.
Each and every one of the boys contributed and put in 100%, this was evident on paper and confirmed by the amazing statistician Sally Eales.
Although the second half saw Deniliquin kick away to a convincing lead, it also bought the dream alive for two little men who took the field for the very first time.
Judd Haebich and Banjo True both made their debuts as Bearcubs and stole the show.
Awards: Maccas- Judd Haebich, Subway- Banjo True, Crusty Loaf- Patrick Eales, Crusty LoafJackson Purtell.